Meet Our Team

Leah Dunn, Owner & Founder

Born and raised in Virginia, I originally came to Southern California for college in 1999. I instantly fell in love with the novelty of palm trees swaying against my dorm window – this was my kind of place! While I sometimes miss the charm, pace, and drawl of the South, I’ve found my home here in Los Angeles. After college I spent years in corporate jobs, trying to apply the Mathematics degree I’d worked so hard to earn. Eventually, though, the cubicle walls started closing in on me, and I decided to leave the corporate world as a birthday gift to myself in 2009.

Without another opportunity lined up, I found myself spending much of my time with my Cockapoo rescue, Georgia Lou (my little Southern belle). The two of us went on hikes, played fetch at the dog park, or just hung out together at home. I soon realized that I should stop sending out resumes; I couldn't think of a better way to spend my days than combining my two loves: animals and the outdoors! I began providing pet care professionally in July 2009 and founded Out On A Leash in April 2010.

I devote most of my free time to volunteering for Lhasa Happy Homes, a small-dog rescue group on the Westside. I have the pleasure of fostering dogs for the organization until they find their forever homes. In 2014 – after five years of fostering – I finally became a "foster failure" when I adopted my second dog, an adorably quirky little Shih Tzu mix named Franklin.

When I'm not doing something animal-related, I enjoy reading, biking, and watching mindless TV.

Chelsea Blair

Hello! My name is Chelsea. I was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon and moved to Los Angeles eight years ago. I enjoyed lots of camping and outdoor activities growing up but decided I needed more sun in my life, bringing me to Southern California.

I have always worked in jobs of service; I worked in daycares with infants and toddlers and pet sit for dogs, cats, and even a few rodents! I recently worked as a social worker for over three years serving populations who were chronically homeless and/or had physical or mental disabilities. It is always my aim to treat all humans and animals with kindness and compassion.

I currently live with my partner and our two cats Thomas O'Malley and Finn. Finn has a congenital defect where his back legs are misshapen, but he has incredible mobility and is best friends with our other cat Thomas. I always consider pets to be a part of the family, and will consider your pets that way too!

Theresa Edwards

Hello! I’m Theresa. I was born and raised in Seattle, WA, and I have lived in sunny Los Angeles for the past 7 years.

I grew up with two cats and a dog, so I understand that our pets are part of the family! I adopted my own cat in 2019, and I know how important it is to find a caretaker who’s dependable, trustworthy and experienced. That’s why I will always give your fur baby the same attention and care that I give to my own.

I love animals so much that I have worked as a dog walker and pet sitter since I was a tween. My experience includes dog walking for Wag, cat sitting for Meowtel, and providing pet care for friends. I’ve been a long-time volunteer for the Seattle Animal Shelter and more recently, Pasadena Humane. I just moved to the West Side, so I am delighted to be working with Out on a Leash!

In my free time I enjoy practicing yoga, hiking with friends, exploring coffee shops, taking care of my many plants, and snuggling with my cat, Mateo. I can’t wait to meet you and your pet(s) soon!

Priya Mehta

Hi there! I'm Priya. I was born and raised in Princeton, NJ and have lived in Los Angeles for about a year now!

Everywhere I've lived, I've always been surrounded by dogs. Growing up, I had a cute little Shih Tzu named Sparky who filled my childhood with so much love and joy. He lived for 14 amazing years and I learned a lot about taking care of dogs and also dogs with health issues, as he was diabetic and eventually developed cataracts in his eyes.

After Jersey, I lived and worked in Atlanta, GA where my friends and I adopted a dog together since we all lived close to on another. His name is Snoop (like D O double G), and he's a handsome shepherd mix. We taught him that when we say, "you wanna drop it like its hot?!" means "it's time to go for a walk" and he gets so hyped!

After a few years in Atlanta, I moved to LA where most of my friends have dogs that I help care for as well. Like I said, always surrounded by dogs and wouldn't have it any other way!

In my free time I love dancing, traveling, podcasting, and spending quality time with family and friends. Looking forward to meeting you and becoming your pet's new best friend!